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FEWLS research at The University of Kansas is committed to publish state-of-the-art research in some of the world's leading peer-reviewed journals in the greater field of sustainable chemistry and engineering. Here, you can find a list of peer-reviewed contributions from our principal investigator.


Review on biomass pyrolysis with a focus on bio-oil upgrading techniques


Daniel Lachos-Perez, João Cláudio Martins-Vieira, Juliano Missau, Kumari Anshu, Odiri K. Siakpebru, Sonal K. Thengane, Ana Rita C. Morais, Eduardo Hiromitsu Tanabe and Daniel Assumpção Bertuol

Analytica 2023, 4(2), 182-205

Feedstock-agnostic reductive catalytic fractionation in alcohol and alcohol–water mixtures


Jun Hee Jang, Ana Rita C. Morais, Megan Browning, David G. Brandner, Jacob K. Kenny, Lisa M. Stanley, Renee M. Happs, Anjaneya S. Kovvali, Joshua I. Cutler, Yuriy Román-Leshkov, James R. Bielenberg and Gregg T. Beckham

Green Chem., 2023, 25, 3660


Continuous hydrodeoxygenation of lignin to jet-range aromatic hydrocarbons


Michael L. Stone, Matthew S. Webber, William P. Mounfield III, David C. Bell, Earl Christensen, Ana R. C. Morais, Yanding Li, Eric M. Anderson, Joshua S. Heyne, Gregg T. Beckham, Yuriy Román-Leshkov

Joule, 2022

Viscosity and Density of an ISO VG 32 Polyol Ester Lubricant Saturated with Compressed Hydrofluorocarbon Gases: R-134a, R-32, and R-125


​Ana Rita C. Morais, Luke D. Simoni, Mark B. Shiflett and Aaron M. Scurto

J. Chem. Eng. Data 2022, 67, 8, 1824–1833

Development of an ammonia pretreatment that creates synergies between biorefineries and advanced biomass logistics models


Ana Rita C Morais, Jian Zhang, Hui Dong, William G Otto, Thapelo Mokomele, David Hodge, Venkatesh Balan, Bruce E Dale, Rafal M Lukasik, Leonardo da Costa Sousa

Green Chemistry, 2022, 24, 4443 - 4462

In 2022 HOT Article Collection from RSC Green Chemistry

Work highlighted in the issue front cover

Enzymatic Hydrolysis, Kinetic Modeling of Hemicellulose Fraction, and Energy Efficiency of Autohydrolysis Pretreatment Using Agave Bagasse


Shiva, Rosa M. Rodriguez‑Jasso, Gilver Rosero‑Chasoy, Iosvany Lopez‑Sandin, Ana Rita C. Morais, Héctor A. Ruiz

BioEnergy Research, 2022

Flow-through solvolysis enables production of native-like lignin from biomass


David G. Brandner, Jacob S. Kruger, Nicholas E. Thornburg, Gregory G. Facas, Jacob K. Kenny, Reagan J. Dreiling, Ana Rita C. Morais, Tom Renders, Nicholas S. Cleveland,  Renee M. Happs, Rui Katahira, Todd B. Vinzant, Daniel G. Wilcox, Yuriy Román-Leshkov and  Gregg T. Beckham

Green Chem., 2021,23, 5437-5441


Replacing liquid fossil fuels and hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks with liquid biofuels from large-scale nuclear biorefineries


C.W.Forsberg, B.E.Dale, D.S.Jones, T.Hossain, A.R.C.Morais, L.M.Wendt

Applied Energy, 2021, 298,117225

Protein Stabilization and Delivery: A Case Study of Invasion Plasmid Antigen D Adsorbed on Porous Silica


Montoya, N.A., Barr, K.E., Morales, S.V., Umana, J.E., Ny, C., Roth, R.E., Reyes, E.J., Kirchhoff, B.C., Hartman, E.R., Higgins, L.L., Nichol, K.M., Morais, A.R.C., Allgeier, A.M., Gao, P., Picking, W.D, Corbin, D.R., Shiflett, M.B.

Langmuir 2020, 36, 47, 14276–14287


Phase Equilibria, Diffusivities, and Equation of State Modeling of HFC-32 and HFC-125 in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids for the Separation of R-410A

Ana Rita C. Morais, Abby N. Harders, Kalin R. Baca, Greta M. Olsen, Bridgette J. Befort, Alexander W. Dowling, Edward J. Maginn, and Mark B. Shiflett

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2020, 59, 40, 18222–18235


Viscosity and Density of a Polyol Ester Lubricating Oil Saturated with Compressed Hydrofluoroolefin Refrigerants


Ana Rita C. Morais, Luke D. Simoni, Mark B. Shiflett, and Aaron M. Scurto

J. Chem. Eng. Data 2020, 65, 9, 4335–4346

Solubility and Diffusivity of Hydrofluoroolefin Refrigerants in a Polyol Ester Lubricant

Ana Rita C. Morais, Luke D. Simoni, Aaron M. Scurto, and Mark B. Shiflett

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2020, 59, 13, 6279–6287


Phase equilibrium and diffusivities of hydrofluorocarbons in a synthetic polyol ester lubricant


Ana Rita C. Morais,Luke D. Simoni,Justin T. Douglas,Aaron M. Scurto,Mark B. Shiflett

AIChE Journal 2020, 66, 7, e16241

Viscosity of 1-Alkyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Ionic Liquids Saturated with Compressed CO2

Ana Rita C. Morais, Luis M. Alaras, Donna L. Baek, Robert V. Fox, Mark B. Shiflett, and Aaron M. Scurto

J. Chem. Eng. Data 2019, 64, 11, 4658–4667


High-Pressure Vapor−Liquid Equilibria of 1-Alkyl-1-Methylpyrrolidinium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Ionic Liquids and CO2


Tugba Turnaoglu, David L. Minnick, Ana Rita C. Morais, Donna L. Baek, Robert V. Fox, Aaron M. Scurto, and Mark B. Shiflett

J. Chem. Eng. Data 2019, 64, 11, 4668–4678

Insight into the high-pressure CO2 pre-treatment of sugarcane bagasse for a delivery of upgradable sugars


Fockink, D.H., Morais, A.R.C., Ramos, L.P., Lukasik, R.M.

Energy. 2018. 151, 536-544


Lignin transformations for high value applications: towards targeted modifications using green chemistry


Gillet, S., Aguedo, M., Petitjean L., Morais, A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M, Lukasik, R.M., Anastas, P.

Green Chemistry. 2017. 19, 4200-4233


Effective Extraction of Lignin from Elephant Grass Using Imidazole and Its Effect on Enzymatic Saccharification To Produce Fermentable Sugars


Toscan, A., Morais, A.R.C., Paixão, S.M., Alves, L., Andreaus, J., Camassola, M., Pinheiro Dillon, A.J., Lukasik, R.M.

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2017, 56, 17, 5138–5145

High-pressure carbon dioxide/water pre-treatment of sugarcane bagasse and elephant grass: Assessment of the effect of biomass composition on process efficiency


Toscan, A., Morais, A.R.C., Paixão, S.M., Alves, L., Andreaus, J., Camassola, M., Pinheiro Dillon, A.J., Lukasik, R.M.

Bioresource Technology. 2017. 224, 639-647

Selective single-stage xylan-to-xylose hydrolysis and its effect on enzymatic digestibility of energy crops giant reed and cardoon for bioethanol production


Shatalov, A.A., Morais, A.R.C., Duarte, L.C., Carvalheiro, F.

Industrial Crops and Products. 2017, 95, 104-112

Pre-treatment and extraction techniques for recovery of added value compounds from wastes throughout the agri-food chain


Arshadi, M., Attard, T.M., Lukasik, R.M., Brncic, M., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Finell, M., Geladi, P., Gerschenson, L.N., Gogus, F., Herrero, M., Hunt, A.J., Ibáñez, E., Kamm, B., Mateos-Aparicio, I., Matias, A., Mavroudis, N.E., Montoneri, E., Morais, A.R.C., Nilsson, C., Papaioannou, E.H., Richel, A., Rupérez, P., Škrbić, B., Solarov, M.B., Švarc-Gajić, J., Waldron, K.W., Yuste-Córdoba, F.J.

Green Chem., 2016,18, 6160-6204


A green and efficient approach to selective conversion of xylose and biomass hemicellulose into furfural in aqueous media using high-pressure CO2 as a sustainable catalyst


Morais, A.R.C., Matuchaki, D.J.M.D., Andreus, J., Bogel-Lukasik, R.

Green Chem., 2016,18, 2985-2994

Highly efficient and selective CO2-adjunctive dehydration of xylose to furfural in aqueous media with THF


Morais, A.R.C. and Bogel-Lukasik, R.

Green Chem., 2016,18, 2331-2334

Imidazole: Prospect Solvent for Lignocellulosic Biomass Fractionation and Delignification


Morais, A.R.C., Pinto, V.P., Nunes, D., Roseiro, L.B., Oliveira, M.C., Fortunato, E. and Bogel-Łukasik, R.

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2016, 4, 3, 1643–1652

Current Pretreatment Technologies for the Development of Cellulosic Ethanol and Biorefineries


Silveira, M.H.K., Morais A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Olekszyszen, D.N., Bogel-Lukasik, R., Andreaus, J. and Pereira, R.L.

ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 3366-3390


Selective hydrolysis of wheat straw hemicellulose using high-pressure CO2 as catalyst


Relvas, F.M., Morais A.R.C., Bogel-Lukasik, R.

RSC Advances 2015, 5, 73935-73944

Kinetic modelling of hemicellulose-derived biomass hydrolysis under high pressure CO2–H2O mixture technology


Relvas, F.M., Morais A.R.C., Bogel-Lukasik, R.

Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2015, 99, 95-102

Carbon dioxide in biomass processing: contributions to the green biorefinery concept


Morais A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Bogel-Lukasik, R.

Chemical Reviews 2015, 115, 3-17

Chemical and biological-based isoprene production: Green metrics


Morais, A.R.C., Dworakowska, S., Reis, A., Gouveia, L., Matos, C.T., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Catalysis Today 2015, 239, 38-43

Integrated conversion of agroindustrial residue with high pressure CO2 within biorefinery concept


Morais, A.R.C., Mata, A. C., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Green Chem., 2014,16, 4312-4322


Cattle fat valorisation through biofuel production by hydrogenation in supercritical carbon dioxide


Morais, A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Costa, P., Fonseca, I, Nogueira, I.N. Oliveira, A.C. Bogel-Lukasik, R.

RSC Advances. 2014, 4, 61

The phase equilibrium phenomenon in model hydrogenation of oleic acid


Morais, A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Bogel-Lukasik, R.

Monatshefte fuer Chemie/Chemical Monthly 2014, 145, 1555-1560

The CO2-assisted autohydrolysis of wheat straw


Magalhães da Silva, S.P., Morais, A.R.C., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Green Chem., 2014,16, 238-246

Ionic Liquids’ cation and anion influence on aromatic amine solubility


Morais, A.R.C., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Bogel-Łukasik, E., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2013, 52, 41, 14722–14726


Green chemistry and the biorefinery concept


Morais, A.R.C., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Sustainable Chemical Processes 2013, 1, 18

Solubility of pharmaceutical compounds in ionic liquids


dos Santos, A.D., Morais, A.R.C., Melo, C., Bogel-Łukasik, R. and Bogel-Łukasik, E.

Fluid Phase Equilibria 2013, 356, 18-29

Ionic liquids as a tool for lignocellulosic biomass fractionation


da Costa Lopes, A.M., Joao, K.J., Morais, A.R.C., Bogel-Łukasik, E and Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Sustainable Chemical Processes 2013, 7, 129-1-3

Green metrics evaluation of isoprene production by microalgae and bacteria


Matos, C.T., Gouveia, L., Morais, A.R.C., Reis, A., Bogel-Łukasik, R.

Green Chem., 2013,15, 2854-2864

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